Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Sit under the stars and take in a blockbuster film under the watches of Wollaton Hall and its scenic parkland at the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Travel back in time, and experience the spa town through the eyes of its famed literary daughter.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Feast on a global programme of performing arts in Salisbury

Feast on a global programme of performing arts in Salisbury

Visit Salisbury from mid-May for the International Arts Festival, with music, theatre and other cultural events.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Celebrate the life of Dickens at the week long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Whatever can be done with wood, you’re likely to experience it at The National Forest Wood Fair, set in the stunning Beacon Hill Country Park.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Be inspired by the Queen of Crime’s world on the English Riviera at the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Low cost
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Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce and meeting birds of prey at the Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

There are over 200 films to choose from at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

Literature, film and TV
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Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury is a pretty floral place most of the time, as you might expect for a town where Percy Thrower was Parks Superintendent for 28 years.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Experience Hull's mixed arts, music and culture festival

Hull’s annual festival, Freedom, features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, combine it with its food culture, mix in local chefs and producers and you get the Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food markets
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Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

August events
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Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Have some fun at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 16 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

This stunning Art Deco venue, The Spa Bridlington, hosts some big names in music from The Script to Kasabian.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals

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